We approach each file in terms of its own merits, and we are willing to negotiate terms that are satisfactory to all parties involved. Our goal is to provide counsel which brings together our skills with those of our partners in providing clients with efficient and effective representation.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Our team of commercial lawyers provides strategic legal support by representing professionals, entrepreneurs, and businesses in analyzing and assessing various types of business disputes. Our experience—which includes both negotiating settlements, as well as taking matters to trial—allows us to provide our clients with informed and insightful opinions regarding their options in resolving disputes. In those cases that are both complex and lengthy, clients often face difficult decisions regarding the allocation of resources. Our team supports our clients in making informed decisions by detailing the legal status of the action, while also providing a substantive overview of the likely range of costs and timelines involved.

  • Partnering with Other Lawyers

    We assist other lawyers and firms who need support in addressing commercial litigation matters. Our team is available to work with lawyers whose areas of practice do not include commercial law, but whose clients require representation in addressing commercial legal matters. In addition, we partner with lawyers who have taken on commercial litigation files that impose demands beyond their resources, and who require specific assistance in either resolving their case or bringing it to trial. In such instances, our team can provide the legal experience, resources, and support that sole practitioners or small firms may lack, thereby allowing for more effective and efficient representation. Our team’s significant trial experience represents a most valuable asset to lawyers confronted by the daunting challenges of conducting a trial.

  • Limited Scope Retainer/Bundling

    We can assist lawyers—under a limited scope retainer or bundling arrangement—by taking on specific aspects of their litigation workload. We approach each file in terms of its own merits and are willing to negotiate terms that are satisfactory to all parties involved. In addition to providing strategic support in assessing a file and furthering its progress, our team possesses the expertise to address a wide range of tasks: such as carrying out investigations, conducting research, preparing e-discovery materials, drafting documents, trial preparation (hard copy and electronic), and representation. In addition, we can prepare for and attend at the Court of Appeal. Our goal is to provide counsel which brings together our skills with those of our partners in providing clients with efficient and effective representation. Our services may further the interests of both the client and the carriage lawyer by making the action more manageable and affordable.

  • Navigating the Electronic Process

    The recent development of electronic trials and artificial intelligence poses significant challenges to the entire legal profession, but particularly to those litigators who do not have extensive support staff and/or electronic infrastructure. During this transitional period, commercial litigators must adapt in a proactive and constructive manner to the dramatic changes in the dispute resolution and trial landscape. We are willing to join with other lawyers in meeting what might otherwise be onerous or even overwhelming burdens in managing the electronic process.

  • Professional Integrity

    Our commercial litigation team recognizes the importance of other firms’ relationships with their clients and respects the integrity of those professional relationships. We will not interfere with your relationship to your client; our aim is to provide knowledgeable and experienced litigation support in assisting other lawyers.

Meet The Team

Al Pace

Founder & Principal

Location: Toronto

Services: Personal Injury Immigration Law Commercial Litigation

Languages: English Lithuanian

Office: 416-734-0404

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Biography

Al Pace is the Founder and Principal of Pace Law Firm. He has practiced law for more than 30 years and has earned a stellar reputation for skill and outstanding client service. After completing his studies at the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor where he received his LL.B., Al was called to the Bar for the province of Ontario in 1980. Initially, Al developed his law practice in the areas of personal injury and civil litigation. In subsequent years, Al expanded the firm’s practice areas to include corporate and commercial litigation and immigration law and related services.

As CEO of Pace Law Firm, Al takes a personal interest in all of the firm’s cases to ensure the highest standards of service excellence are met consistently across the firm. In addition to his legal practice, Al supports community involvement, and has taken an active and prominent role in the Lithuanian community and the Trillium Health Centre.

Education

  • University of Windsor School of Law, Windsor, ON
  • University of Toronto, Bachelor of Science

Professional Associations And Memberships

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

National Executive of the Lithuanian Canadian Community, Past President

Baltic Federation of Canada, Former Vice President

LABDARA Nursing Home in Etobicoke, Board of Directors

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Don Jack

Lawyer

Location: Toronto

Services: Commercial Litigation

Languages: English

Office: 416-734-0414

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Biography

In a career spanning more than three decades, Don has argued cases at every court level, including the Supreme Court of Canada. For him, success hinges almost entirely on preparation. Don is an effective communicator, with the skills to present thorough and persuasive arguments in court. As a member of the Firm's litigation group, Don’s practice includes the areas of commercial, administrative, class action, private, international, family and constitutional law. He has acted as lead counsel in several precedent-setting cases. He is also active in ADR, including arbitration and mediation. Don's work has been recognized by the industry, including Lexpert’s 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Ontario's repeatedly recommended corporate litigation counsel.

Education

  • University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Economics
  • University of Oxford, Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence
  • University of Oxford, Bachelor of Civil Law
  • York University, Master of Laws

Cases Of Note

Airia et al v. Korean Air Lines et al

Astley v. Verdun

McCain v. Melanson

Nordion v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

Rea v. Pathak

Allan Chapnik

Lawyer

Location: Toronto

Services: Personal Injury Commercial Litigation

Languages: English

Office: 416-734-0403

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Biography

Allan Chapnik is a Toronto litigation lawyer. Mr. Chapnik received his BA from York University in 1989. Three years later, he graduated as a Bachelor of Law from the University of British Columbia and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994.

Allan’s focus has been in representing the injured and disabled; his areas of special interest and experience include brain injuries, catastrophic impairments, fatalities, and claims regarding Long Term Disability insurance.

Allan also maintains an active role in other practice areas including contract disputes, shareholder disputes including oppression remedies, real estate matters including mortgage enforcement, and applications for injunctive and other relief.

Allan has a wide ranging trial, application, arbitration and appeal practice, appearing in the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the CPPRT, the CCRB, WSIAT, and in Federal Court.

Education

  • University of British Columbia – Bachelor of Law
  • York University – BA

Professional Associations And Memberships

Ontario Trial Lawyers Assocation

Law Society of Upper Canada

Elaine Bright

Lawyer

Location: Kenora & Toronto

Services: Personal Injury Commercial Litigation

Languages: English

Office: 416-342-5556

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Biography

Elaine brings a background in both law and social work to her practice. Following her call to the Bar in 1989, Elaine practiced administrative and criminal law. She has appeared before a variety of administrative tribunals, before all levels of court in Ontario, and before the Federal Court of Canada. Currently, she brings Pace Law Firm’s extensive resources to assist clients throughout Northwestern Ontario as well as Southern Ontario.

Elaine's practice focuses on all aspects of personal injury, with a special emphasis on representing victims of sexual assault, and indigenous clients.
You can find Elaine Bright’s blog posts here.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 1987
  • University of Toronto, MSW, 1997
  • University of Toronto, Doctoral Studies, Faculty of Social Work 2003-2007 (not completed)

Professional Associations And Memberships

Kenora District Law Association

Law Society of Upper Canada

Jennie Brodski

Location: Toronto

Services: Commercial Litigation

Languages: English German Hebrew

Office: 416-613-3092

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Biography

Jennie Brodski joined Pace Law Firm in 2019 after working for a boutique firm focusing on plaintiff-side securities class actions. She has appeared in Divisional Court and in Ontario Superior Court in class actions with national and international dimensions, including against European automobile manufacturers and U.S.-based gold mines, as well as actions on behalf of Canadian investors in healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies. Before that, she spent several years practicing Canadian law as a foreign member of the bar in Munich, Germany following her call to the Ontario bar in 2013.

Jennie is fluent in German and Hebrew.

Education

  • University of Toronto, Juris Doctor, Law
  • Columbia University in the City of New York, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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